Homogeneously dense breast tissue

Case contributed by Dr Mark Holland


Round 6 breast screen. Asymptomatic.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Digital imaging shows homogeneously dense breasts with a residual glandularity >90%.


Mammographic breast composition:

  • A: involuted breast is almost entirely fat (1-24% residual glandularity)
  • B: scattered fibroglandular densities (25-50%)
  • C: heterogeneously dense breast tissue (51-75%)
  • D: extremely dense (>75% glandularity)

Case Discussion

Dense breasts have a 4-6 fold increase in life time risk of breast cancer.

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Case information

rID: 24591
Published: 30th Aug 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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